Before becoming director, he worked as an executive producer with Sekhar Kammula, and also played the lead role in Dollar Dreams, and support role in Anand. After taking a break as an actor for 12 years, he played a crucial role in 2016 film Pelli Choopulu. He also appeared in the biography film of Indian cricketer M. S. Dhoni.
He played the lead role in Sekhar Kammula's debut film Dollar Dreams, and supporting role in the block buster film Anand. After 12 years gap, he acted in 2016 film, Pelli Choopulu. He worked with Sekhar Kammula, Nagesh Kukunoor, and Manishankar before directing films on his own. He directed the films Avakai Biryani produced by Sekhar Kammula, and Ko Antey Koti produced by Sharwanand who was also the lead actor in that film.
|2016||Pelli Choopulu||Prashanth's father-in-law||Telugu|
|2016||M. S. Dhoni - The Untold Story||Hindi|
|2017||Nenu Local||college principal||Telugu|
|2018||Bharat Ane Nenu||Chief Secretary of AP||Telugu|
|2018||Tej I Love You||Nandini's father||Telugu|
|2019||The Accidental Prime Minister||T. K. A. Nair||Hindi|
|2019||Vijay Superum Pournamiyum||Sonam's father||Malayalam|
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